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Happy Valentine’s Day

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Hope you all had/having a happy Valentine’s day.

We usually don’t celebrate this day. But this year, I wanted to do something special. May be because of all the celebrations I am observing in blogs and on TV. So I decided to bake this cake. I wanted to keep it as simple as possible because V does not like too much icing. He loves simple plain cakes.

I tried to decorate with whipped cream but no matter how much I refrigerated it, it was becoming watery as soon as it touched the cake. So finally I left it as it is.

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I just wonder sometimes…Will he ever get bored of this cake? He likes this simple egg cake more than any fancy cakes that I bake. He even skips dinners after it. He wishes I would let him eat it when it is just out of oven, HOT.

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  • Purnima February 14, 2008, 8:18 pm

    Happpppppppyyy Valentine’s Day to you n V!! The cake looks fab! Pls pass on a pc, my timezone has taken me to the next day! :D

  • aruna February 14, 2008, 8:19 pm

    Happy Valentine’s Day to you Shilpa. The cake looks gorgeous as ever.

  • Suma February 14, 2008, 8:49 pm

    How sweet!!! Wish you happy Valentine’s Day!! ;-)

  • Kalai February 14, 2008, 8:57 pm

    Soooooo cute! Happy Valentine’s Day and I’ll be more than happy to take the leftovers! :)

  • Maya February 14, 2008, 9:56 pm

    That is such a cute cake, with the adorable look on the bears face. Happy Valentines day to you and V !!

  • RedChillies February 14, 2008, 10:11 pm

    Happy Valentine’s Day to you as well Shilpa. The cake and the baer looks awesome and even we do not like too much cream on the cake.

  • swathy February 14, 2008, 10:45 pm

    milgaya,mujhe khazanan milgaya!!
    I was hopelessly praying for a konkani recipie website..
    I am still in ‘kindergarten’ in the “cooking” school,plus I have the challenge of making North canara dishes(As Aj s from Honnavar basically) without much eating knowledge of it where as I am a pakka mlore amchi..
    So it s fun in the kitchen with piyavu v/s kando and nimbiyo v/s nimbu and kattuka v/s kodu..
    though I take loads of online lessons from my Mayi who s a fantastic cook..I now have pictures too to know where I go wrong! thank you thank you thank you akka!!

  • homecooked February 15, 2008, 2:45 am

    Wow…the cake looks great.Have to try the cake recipe you posted.

  • sia February 15, 2008, 3:59 am

    happy V-day to u too shilpa :)

  • Asha February 15, 2008, 6:23 am

    How cute!!! Hope you had a good one Shilpa. We had snow early morning Y’day here! :)

  • Pragyan February 15, 2008, 7:57 am

    It’s so cute! Happy Valentine’s day. Btw, my hubby is the same way..it’s nice that he just loves my cakes but I would to try other cakes also :) I will try your simple egg cake..maybe my proportions are different. Thanks!

  • Mishmash! February 15, 2008, 9:18 am

    Very cute :) Was the valentine floored ?:)

    Shilpa: He loved it :). He likes panda very much, so that was the inspiration.

  • A February 15, 2008, 10:10 am


    I saw your comment on the Konankai yahoo group and I think you are reacting very very strongly to any criticism. When I suggested that your mom may have got the recipe from Jaya Shenoy’s book, you got flabbergasted. You had a similar reaction when someone else told you that you need to improve on the writing and creatie presentation. I don’t understand why you not learn from criticism rather than just yelling back.. well, not my call. I just felt that your email to Sangeetamai was uncalled for.. No one says that you are not doing a good job on your website.. so just chill

    Shilpa: If you might have observed my blog since last couple years, you would have not missed the point that I do learn from constructive suggestions/criticism. In the days when allegations of plagiarism/content theft is creating a lot of heartburn for many bloggers and the like, I believe I should always make it clear that – I do credit to every source that I use recipe from and if someone brings it to my notice I do take whatever action I can take. I agree I am no perfect. So is everyone. I don’t think that my response was strong; you may think differently and I respect your feelings. Thanks for the comment A.

  • Deepa February 15, 2008, 11:42 am

    hmmm..a great valentines gift indeed Shilpa..

  • Mridula February 15, 2008, 12:26 pm

    hey Shilpa….sweet looking cake :) The panda is cuuuute :)

    I had done the simple egg cake with vanilla essence yesterday as a surprise for my husband. Just like urs, my husband doesnt like iced cakes too. He loved it absolutely and we had a good V Day too :) Wish you both a happy V Day too :)

  • vimmi February 15, 2008, 1:23 pm

    It doenot matter how the cake looks, even though it is cute. What matters it u made it with love.

  • Aravassu February 15, 2008, 1:24 pm

    Was the cake cooled before you spread the icing? It has to cool for a couple of hours at least imo. Perhaps that was the reason the icing flopped so badly?

    Shilpa: Yes Aravassu. It was completely cooled. The whipped cream was very difficult to handle. As soon as I took in the icing bag, it started flowing. Then I froze it for sometime and again tried. I think even the heat from my hand was enough to melt it :(. I used cream of tartar in the cream, but it was of not much help. Have you tried icing a cake with whipped cream? Do you have any suggestions for making the cream hold its shape? We both don’t like butter cream icing, so I want something else to replace it. Please let me know. Thanks

  • Mythreyee February 15, 2008, 1:42 pm

    So sweet….

  • sukanya February 15, 2008, 2:07 pm

    WOW….This is so cute…..nice cake…Like it so much…

  • Anjali Sardesai February 15, 2008, 2:29 pm

    This is first time I received ur recepe.
    Cake is simply Wonderful! It looks very tempting.

  • Deepa February 15, 2008, 8:54 pm

    Happy Valentine’s Day Shilpa!!

  • sk February 16, 2008, 12:15 am

    I have tried your simple egg cake twice.It’s awesome.That’s my hubby’s fav too….
    I always frost my cakes with whipped frosting and it s never a prob.You have done some amazing cake decorations…so I guess there was some prob with the whipped frosting you have bought.

    Shilpa: SK, did you just frost or took it in a bag to decorate it?Yeah, I am sure there was some problem this time, not sure what :( ? If you have any inputs, please let me know

  • Shilpa Bhandarkar February 16, 2008, 4:44 am

    Hey Shilpa,

    This is Shilpa … :D
    I’m from Goa(originally from Karnataka) and now settled in Bangalore after marriage.
    My mum is from Karwar and dad’s from Tirthalli,Shimoga.
    I’ve been born n brought up in Goa.

    I’ve been going through ur website for the past 1-2 months….and I must say u have done a fine job.
    Beautiful collection of amazing yet simple recipes…..

    Thank u for this website Shilpa.:)

    I baked a cake on Valentines day…
    I followed your recipe for Date cake(eggless)…..but I added eggs to my cake…..and needless to say, it turned out to be amazing!!
    It was absolutely gorgeous and so soft, it wud almost melt in your mouth!
    My folks LOVED my cake…..

    This is just the begining of my journey…on my way to baking many many more beautiful cakes…..
    Can’t tell u how motivated I’m feeling!

    Just one question…..Have u ever prepared a cheesecake??
    I’ve always wanted to try a cheesecake….

    Can u send me a simple recipe for a cheesecake….using ingredients which wud be available to me here in B’lore??

    Till then….happy cooking…..and keep up with the good work.
    U r doing a grrrr8 job…..

    Lots of love
    Shilpa Bhandarkar. :)

  • Manjula February 16, 2008, 2:45 pm

    Thats so romantic. The panda/teddy is soooo cute.
    Have tried making ice cream cakes?? Heard about it from a friend. Never tasted one yet.
    Happy Valentines.

    Shilpa: Ice cream cakes?? thats so interesting. I will have to find out about it. Thanks Manjula.

  • fiza December 29, 2008, 9:13 am

    hi shilpa
    i was searching for some cake decorations and i came across some of yours a love it the cakes look sooo yummmy
    i dont know how to make icing and fondant will you please help me with this
    i wud appreciate it

    Shilpa: Check out Wilton.com

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